Literature is music to ears of local students


In tune: WASO musicians, with Danny Parker (far left) and Matt Ottley (second from left) brought the picture book Tree to life.
In tune: WASO musicians, with Danny Parker (far left) and Matt Ottley (second from left) brought the picture book Tree to life.

MUSIC is not something |usually associated with picture books but at The Literature Centre, anything is possible.

Primary and high school students got the chance last week to listen to and analyse the picture book Tree, accompanied by live musicians from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Tree author Danny Parker and illustrator Matt Ottley were on hand to explain the book, breaking down the music so students could see how each instrument contributed to the overall sound of the picture book as the musicians played.

More than 1500 students saw the hour-long show last week, including students |from Yangebup Primary School.

The Literature Centre |director Lesley Reese said the Sound of Picture Books was now an integral part of the centre’s work.

“It’s an extraordinary privilege to work with such superb musicians from WASO and the incredibly talented Danny Parker and Matt Ottley to bring picture books to life,” she said.

WASO violaist Rachael Kirk said it was a fantastic project that the musicians loved being a part of.

“It’s great seeing the faces so close up, we usually never get to experience that,” she said.

Visit www.thelitcentre|.org.au for more information.